Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate assistant (GA) positions provide students the opportunity to combine theory and practice while offering assistance that may include an hourly wage and/or housing. At approximately 20–25 hours per week (varies by role), these positions allow students to focus on academic coursework, while gaining practical experience in the field of student affairs. 

These positions are offered for a 10-month period during the academic year (August–May). Positions are reserved for students in the two-year, cohort-based MA in Student Affairs Program, with some exceptions.

With the exception of the Campus Living position, all GA positions are paid $18/hour. 

Application Information

The priority deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year is February 7, 2020. We will accept applications until the positions are filled. You do not have to be accepted into your program to submit an application. Please note that a separate cover letter is required for each GA position for which you are applying.

All GA applications must be made using WORKDAY, which can be accessed at the link below. Only available positions will be shown in WORKDAY. NOTE: Positions housed on the undergraduate campus will be classified as an Undergraduate position in WORKDAY.

Graduate Assistantships available for 2020-2021

Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement
Support the staff, programs, and events of the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. Provide on-going support for student organizations affiliated with Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. Provide programmatic support in conjunction with the mission of the department. Applicants should have some work experience with underrepresented populations, and event planning.

VP Student Life/Dean of Students Office
Reports directly to the Program Director/Executive Assistant and helps to coordinate VPSL office workflow with the undergraduate student assistants. Supports and coordinates various programmatic efforts managed by the VPSL office, and specifically works to create an engaging, open, accessible VPSL office that is inviting to students and supports the development of the vibrancy of the Lewis and Clark student experience. Engages in division-wide planning and execution of mission-driven institutional initiatives. Applicants must have some professional work experience, preferably in student programming.

International Students and Scholars
Support the staff, programs, and events of the Office of International Students & Scholars. Provide on-going support for the recruitment, admission, advising and pastoral care for vibrant community of international students and Third Culture Kids on the Lewis & Clark campus from approximately 70 countries. Provide programmatic support for the International Students of Lewis & Clark (ISLC) and Third Culture Kid TCK Club. This position reports directly to the Associate Dean of Students/Director of International Students & Scholars.

Student Rights and Responsibilities
Student Rights and Responsibilities educates for civic leadership, promotes inclusion and social justice, restores balance when harm occurs, and protects the welfare of the community and the individual. We engage the community through practices informed by Restorative Justice that promote conflict competence by teaching peaceful and collaborative resolution strategies.

Health Promotion and Wellness
Support the staff, programs, and events of the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness. Provide on-going support for the development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention programs in relation to promoting healthy behaviors in the student population. Provide programmatic support in conjunction with the mission of Health Promotion and Wellness as well as the collective Wellness Services at Lewis & Clark. This position reports directly to the Associate Director for Health Promotion. This position is open to students in the following programs: Art Therapy, Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy, Professional Mental Health Counseling, Professional Mental Health Counseling - Addictions, and Student Affairs Administration.

Campus Living
Lead and support the staff, program development, and facility management of a residential area housing 168 upper-division undergraduate students. Provide programmatic support in conjunction with the Campus Living mission. Applicants should have significant work experience in a residential setting. This GA position is paid by stipend. This is a live-in position and also includes a campus apartment and a meal plan for the academic year.

Student Leadership and Service
Working in partnership with the director, student staff, community partners, other stakeholders, the Student Leadership and Service (SLS) Graduate Assistant co-facilitates planning, implementation and assessment efforts for SLS programs.

Career Center
The Career Center Graduate Assistant is primarily responsible for project management, implementation, and execution of the Career Center’s yearly First-Destination Survey, reported externally for benchmarking purposes and used institutionally for assistance with marketing to prospective students and other assessment purposes. Working collaboratively with the Employer Relations Coordinator and other members of the Career Center team, the Graduate Assistant will provide further support to the Career Center’s programs, events, and digital initiatives.

Communications and Alumni Relations (graduate school)
Guided by the graduate school’s mission of social justice, equity, and access and in accordance with the strategic plan, the primary function of the GSEC communications office is to share and promote the graduate school’s story in writing, online, through images and photography, and via social media. This story includes the programs and departments that create the institution itself, as well as our students, faculty, alumni, and staff who are contributing daily to their communities and professions in meaningful and transformative ways.

An ideal candidate will have excellent writing skills, a creative flair, and an ability to comfortably and professionally engage across the GSEC community via email and in-person.

Center for Community Engagement (graduate school)
The mission of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is to enhance the effectiveness of education and mental health professionals as agents of social change by providing equity-driven professional development. Our offerings prepare practitioners to meet the educational and mental health needs of all communities, and to advocate for equity and social justice within their fields of practice. CCE’s mission reflects the Graduate School’s mission and our programs and initiatives are developed, approved, and evaluated by faculty and colleagues under the same rigorous standards as our academic programs.

Other Details

GA positions have a maximum term of 2 consecutive years; however, each GA will be reviewed by their supervisor and, based on the GA’s performance, will be notified by February 1st prior to their second year if they will be reappointed to the GA position. GA positions, unless noted otherwise, are available to students in the two-year Student Affairs Administration program. 

Please note that all GA positions are subject to final budget approval.

For questions regarding any of the available positions or about the application process, please contact Mark Figueroa (

Graduate Assistantships held by current SAA Students (may become available in 2021-2022)

  • Alumni & Parent Programs
    Join a team of professional staff working with constituent relations. The selected GA will have a range of responsibilities including outreach to alumni and parents, event programming, supervising volunteers, board relations and marketing. The GA will work with the Board of Alumni and Parents Council, be responsible for two reunion class committees, coordinate volunteers for selected Black & Orange Parties (annual L&C gatherings around the world), and assist staff in a number of areas including Homecoming, Student-Alumni Association, Career Networking initiatives, Social Media, Alumni of Color Advisory Committee, Senior Experience, and alumni/parent sponsorships. Opportunities to participate in Regional Programs and travel will be available if interested. Exposure to fundraising and development work if interested. The GA will work with the Director to select an area of interest to develop a special project.

    This position averages 20–25 hours a week during the academic year. A typical week will involve working 15 to 18 hours with extensive hours on selected weekends (10/5–10/7, 12/1, 2/22–24, 6/20–6/23). Please note the GA will be expected to work additional hours from 20–25 hours up to full-time employment (determined by the GA) the month of June. This will culminate in Alumni Weekend, June 20-June 23, 2019. June hours will be paid through Student Employment.*

  • PSI/Assessment
    Supports programmatic efforts for the Pioneer Success Institute, a first-year experience program completed by all degree-seeking students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Assists with division wide planning and execution of assessment projects. This position reports directly to the Assistant Dean of Student Rights and Responsibilities (please select SRR in your application but specify this position in your cover letter).
  • Office of Institutional Research 

    The Office of Institutional Research collects and analyzes information to provide campus leaders with data to support informed decision making. IR professionals support campus leaders and policy makers in areas such as admissions, financial aid, enrollment management, finances, student life and academics. Additionally, IR staff are responsible for external reports to government agencies, various publications, and bench-marking against peer or aspirant institutions.  Applicants should have an affinity for data analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative), surveys and assessment tools, good critical thinking, organizational, and communication skills and a desire to learn about the “behind the scenes” aspects of higher education administration.

  • Pioneer Success Institute/Assessment
    Supports programmatic efforts for the Pioneer Success Institute, a first-year experience program completed by all degree-seeking students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Assists with division wide planning and execution of assessment projects. This position reports directly to the Assistant Dean of Student Rights and Responsibilities (please select SRR in your application but specify this position in your cover letter).
  • Dean of Students Office - PSI/Commencement
    Reports directly to the Program Director/Executive Assistant, and helps with planning and logistical support to the undergraduate commencement ceremony and provides administrative support to the Pioneer Success Institute first year experience. Develop a broad of range of skills in detailed event planning and coordination in relation to the commencement ceremony, and work with first year students in PSI makeup sessions. Applicants must have experience in event programming and show an aptitude for detailed work.